Fountain Valley Virtual Enterprise Ranked Top Five in State Contest


Virtual Enterprise with their state competition trophies in Bakersfield. Photo courtesy of Sarah McCance.

At the end of January in Bakersfield, Fountain Valley High School’s virtual enterprise team, Off The Grid, attended the California State Virtual Enterprise Competition and placed in seven different categories and placed in the top five. in business planning, which enabled them to advance to the national championships held in New York. They are the first team to place in the top five in the Huntington Beach Union State School District.

Virtual Enterprise is a class where students start a business, apply for jobs, and once the business is established they compete against other schools across the state, country, and the world in competitions on different aspects of the business. such as human resources and business planning.

Students on Virtual Enterprise have delegated certain assignments and responsibilities among themselves. Managing Director (CEO) Katherine Chau is responsible for overseeing their strategies and activities for each show they attend.

“As a group, we attend different competitions where many virtual enterprise companies from California and America come together and showcase their product companies and try to sell their ideas to students and judges,” Chau said. .

This year’s company is called Off The Grid, which is a kinetic energy clothing company that makes adapters that harness the kinetic energy woven into the material of clothing as the wearer moves and charges them. devices.

“No one in the district has ever reached such a high level, so you have to be in the top six to make it to the national championships, so we barely made it,” said Sarah McCance, Virtual Enterprise teacher, of the recent competition and the work done by the class. for this victory.

The National Championships will be held April 2-6, but in the meantime the team will be competing in other competitions such as the Pasadena Trade Show in addition to other online competitions.

“For our class who don’t really have their own classroom and have never had their own before, this victory is super impressive. So that they start from scratch and beat other schools that [used the same company] two years in a row is amazing, ”said McCance.

“We were fortunate to be in the top six and hopefully we can go to New York and compete there,” said sales manager and senior Justin Nguyen.

To help the team fly to New York, there is a GoFundMe account, fundraising at Raising Cane and Tio Flaco and they are also ready to accept donations. The aim is to raise enough money to send nine students and two chaperones so that they can continue to compete and show their abilities.

–Tejas Chadha and Suzane Jlelati

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